How to Make a Hubcap Clock

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How to Make a Hubcap Clock

Photo: StevenShaverDesigns

Speaking of Secondhand Chic, can you get any more chic than a Mercedes hubcap clock? This particular hubcap might be a scarce commodity at a flea market, but if you do come across one, by all means grab it up. Hubcap art isn't especially my taste, but this Mercedes clock is smart! I especially like it that the artist used the open circle, mod hands which tie in nicely to the cutout edge of the hubcap. Here's all you need to make your own hubcap clock:

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How to Successfully Reupholster a Curvaceous Modern Chair with a Sweater

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How to Successfully Reupholster a Curvaceous Modern Chair with a Sweater

The Indy Thrift Score Social Club has it's first event this Saturday. Yes, I've found a group of enablers and we're gathering in the morning for a Tour de' Junk. I've been told that the terms secondhand, thrift, or secondary market would be more appropriate. Anyway, we're hitting downtown Indianapolis for our greedy little secondhand fix. Most of the scouts are mid century modern fans and that's where things can get sticky. Chances are that if anyone comes across a tattered chair of the MCM kind, it usually has beautiful soft curves and reupholstering this treasure becomes a dilemma since woven fabrics don't generally cooperate with soft round curves. So, how do you reupholster such a modern marvel?

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Dear Goodwill, Are You Getting Too Big For Your Secondhand Britches?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Dear Goodwill, Are You Getting Too Big For Your Secondhand Britches?

Image: Shelly Miller Leer

Table purchased Saturday at a city wide 1/2 price sale at Goodwill.

In one out of ten posts I usually mention a shopping trip to Goodwill. For me, it's Mecca, one of my favorite places to relax and do some serious creative thinking. I promote you; I laud you on your good works and pure mission, etc. However, the prices on used furniture and furnishings have skyrocketed beyond realistic value. I mean, come on!!!

The true market value on used furniture, excluding valuable antiques and midcentury designer originals, is next to nothing.  Granted, price points are set at whatever the market is willing to pay, a sound retail practice, yet it may be wise to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

The problem is, now listen here Goodwill big shots, people shopping for trendy secondhand pieces will inevitably stop looking for deals in your MDF saturated furniture sections, and people in need of real deals can't afford to pay the kind of prices you're setting. Gradually, your trusty customers will start shopping elsewhere to satisfy their junk addictions or to really furnish their homes.

Salvation Army, for instance, understands they've got a big store full of other people's junk. Not only that, you can point out the junkiness of a piece and they gladly listen and usually come down to what's a realistic secondhand price, not as low as garage sale prices, but close to it.

That's another thing; garage sale season is upon us. You can be sure that, at the end of a long day, garage sale organizers don't want to spend another minute packing up their junk and hauling it up to the Goodwill.

Even on 1/2 price days, it seems that the prices have been set artificially high in order to appear to be a good deal. We're not so enthralled with other people's castoffs that we aren't cognizant of how much money we're spending.

I've always touted Goodwill as the place to find great deals but I've recently found myself listening to others complain about the high prices at their area Goodwills.

Interested in creative reuse, thrift store and flea market finds, and turning secondhand items into showstopping home decor? Curbly's latest Make It! publication has fifteen original projects that show you how to recycle some style!

 

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